As the holiday season comes to an end and the calendar settles down, many of us think about the year ahead and our intentions to do better. Interestingly, based on our experience at Cambiati Wellness, most people actually wait until May before investing significant effort into improving their diet. If we consider Halloween as the kickoff to the holiday season when an abundance of social events and the richness of many celebratory foods impact many people’s diets and health, this means that many of us are not getting the powerful benefits of consistently nourishing nutrition for seven months straight. If one gains a half pound per week, he/she would gain about 14 pounds during that period. But weight isn’t the only concern. Our status of critical nutrients like vitamin D can become low and our levels of inflammation can start creeping up. Such things can impact our immune function, energy levels, ability to focus, and even our rate of biological aging.
In this article we will focus on some of the best ways you can get back on track and feeling your best, ASAP!
On the top of the list and the most powerful tool to get a handle back on your health is to do our Signature Cambiati Cleanse. This 28-day cleanse helps you dramatically improve your nutritional status, learn principles of healthy eating, try unique recipes, clear your body of harmful substances that accumulate when overeating and drinking, and lose on average of more than 7 pounds of body fat. Once you are done with the cleanse, you will have a lot of momentum and new habits to keep you moving into the new year energized, clear, and healthier than you came into it.
If for whatever reason you are unable to do the Cambiati Cleanse, you can designate certain days or even series of days as reset periods. This would involve preparing ideal meals to help you replenish vitamins, minerals, and a colorful array of plant compounds called phytonutrients. It is also important to remove foods that may be causing low-grade inflammation to give the overactive immune system a break. Good options for removal include gluten-containing grains, processed foods (foods that often come in a package with added sugar and/or chemicals, and a low amount of fiber), and dairy. We have found that these little resets can really make a really big difference in the way you feel if done regularly. Ideas include large salads and vegetable-based soups. These meals should ideally contain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for nutritional balance.
One of the easiest things you can do is to get some powerful supplements to help move you in the right direction. Some of our favorites include Designs for Health’s Primal Multi, Vitamin D-Evail Supreme, and a great omega-3 supplement like Omega Avail TG1000.
What we love about the Primal Multi: About half of the U.S. population takes a multivitamin. The tragedy is that most of them are not getting the intended benefits. This formulation is based on the most up-to-date nutrition research. For instance, the forms of nutrients such as folic acid and the form of vitamin E used in most multivitamins can potentially increase the risk of cancer. That is not something to pay for! This product avoids that of course and also contains select minerals in their most absorbable forms. Many of the nutrients people are most deficient in are minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which are not included in many multivitamin formulations. This multivitamin also contains phytonutrients proven to improve people’s health such as lutein, and blueberry compounds to support vision and brain health.
What we love about D-Evail Supreme: Considering that about 30% of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D and 40% have a vitamin D insufficiency, it is really worth pointing out that this time of year is when we are all at most risk for our lowest levels of vitamin D. This nutrient plays important roles in calcium balance, bone health, immune function, and even aging. People with more pigmentation in their skin need more light to make vitamin D, and therefore are at higher risk for deficiency. This product also contains vitamin K, which works synergistically with vitamin D to ensure that the increased absorption of calcium is actually going where it should: We want the calcium in our bones and not our arteries. Vitamin K supports that process and is important when taking doses of 5000 IUs or more of vitamin D.
What we love about Omega Avail TG1000: Omega-3 fatty acids are required for proper functioning of cells. These are referred to as essential fatty acids because the body does not produce them on its own and we need to get them from diet or supplementation. These nutrients support a healthy inflammatory response, mood, brain function, and cardiovascular health. This is important to understand because omega-3 insufficiency is also common in the United States. Food sources include fatty cold-water fish, walnuts, and flax seeds. The plant sources contain a version of omega 3s called alpha-linoleic-acid. This must be converted in the body to the more biologically active forms, DHA and EPA–and the conversion rate is low. It is not possible to ensure nutritional adequacy with plant-based food sources alone. Vegans can used algae-based omega supplements that have higher amounts of DHA and EPA in order to achieve adequacy. The dosage in the TG1000 product are 662 mg EPA and 225 mg DHA. per capsule. This is a high dosage compared to most omega-3 supplements, and unlike most products, the omegas are offered in the more absorbable triglyceride form. This product is also 3rd-party tested to ensure freshness, purity, and potency.
With these strategies you are equipped to make a real difference in your energy levels, mood, and overall well-being. Book a complimentary call with one of our nutritionists to learn more ways in which we can help you reach a new level of health.